TGS Newsletter
Vol. 28 No. 6 August 2009
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at bellsouth.net
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor: Wanda Moore
     116 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      E-mail: wmoore1048 at aol.com
      Phone: (985) 876-2686  

Next meeting:   SATURDAY, 1:00 P.M. August 29, 2009
                           MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY, 151 LIBRARY DRIVE, HOUMA, LA 70360

WOW!! Did you hear Mr. Gary Philips’ speech on Bernardo Galvez? The life of Galvez was intense and action filled. He was born on July 23, 1746, in Malaga, Spain. His family had a tradition of service to the Spanish Crown and he chose a military career. He was made a cadet at the age of 16 in the Walloon Guards, serving in France in the regiment of Cantabria, a province in the Basque area of Northern Spain. He was sent to New Orleans in 1776, a colonel in the regiment of Louisiana and second in command of the provincial forces In 1777, through the influence of his uncle, Galvez was appointed provisional governor of Louisiana at the age of 29, replacing Unzagga. He assumed his duties on February 1, 1777. A number of settlers called Islanos or “Islanders” established a settlement on Bayou Lafourche called Valenzuela dons La Fourche.  On August 27,1779 his small army consisted of 667 men, including volunteers from the German and Acadian Coasts, black and mulatto volunteers, Oliver Pollock and seven Americans and 170 veteran soldiers. Joining the group were 160 Indians from Opelousas and Point Coupee. More honors were now bestowed upon Galvez—he was made field marshal in charge of Spanish operations in America and was granted the title of Governor of Louisiana and Mobile. In early 1785 he was sent back to the West Indies where he was appointed captain-general of Cuba, Louisiana and the Floridas.  Upon the death of his father, he received the highest title in Spanish America—Viceroy of New Spain. Bernardo de Galvez was a brave, chivalrous and compassionate man who was very popular with the people. Tragically, he too became deathly ill in 1786 and died on November 20 at the age of 38. We remember him in many ways—Galveston, TX, is named after him. East and West Feliciana Parishes are named after his beloved wife Felicia and St. Bernard Parish bears his name. An unincorporated community about 10 miles southeast of Baton Rouge near Prairieville was originally named Galvez Town.  He was also responsible for promoting the colonization of Nueva Iberia (New Iberia). We honor this man’s invaluable contributions to the American Revolution. Without the efforts of him and his men the outcome for the colonies could have been very different.  We also honor our local heroes—Toups, Chauvin, LeBlanc, Bergeron, Rodrigue, Verret and Roger—patriots all.
These are just bits and pieces of his speech. He has more.
   AND GUESS WHAT!!! He is coming back this month. But he will be speaking about and showing off his WWII – German Artifacts.  YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS. Come join us.


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Digging Deeper, Genealogy and History Conference, Friday and Saturday, August 21 & 22, 2009. Topics-Dancing with Skeletons, on Friday and on Saturday, Speaker J. Mark Lowe will be speaking on Before Tennessee: The Records before Statehood, North Carolina: Land, Legends, and Legacy and will end with Finding Black Roots in a White World. Pre registration for both days $40 which includes Friday dinner. At the door $50 both days. Friday only $15 pre-registration, at the door $25, Saturday $30 pre-registration, at the door $40. Mail check to Genealogy & History Conference, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 North Wood Ave., Florence, AL 35630 For registration form call (256) 764 6564 ext. 28, or Email conference@flpl,org or http://www.flpl.org .

Branching Out In Genealogy sponsored by Southwest La Genealogical & Historical Library, Libraries Southwest, Southwest La Genealogical Society, Inc., and Friends of the Library. October 17, 2009; 8:30 am – 4 pm, Lake Charles Civic Center, Contraband Room. Master of Ceremonies: John A. Sellers of Sulphur Springs, TX; speaker: Carolyn Earle Billingsley, PhD of Houston, TX. Lectures: “Communities if Kinship: A New Theory for Genealogy”, “The Reality of Researching Your Indian Ancestors”, “Melungeons and Other Mixed Race Groups” and :”History Lost – History Found”. Registration Fee $25.00. Includes reception and “after hours” research at the SW LA Genealogical & History Library on Friday evening Oct. 16 from 5:300 to 8pm. Lunch provided if registered by Oct. 3, 2009. Make check payable to SW LA Genealogical & History Library, 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles , LA 70601. For more info contact Genealogy Staff at (337) 721-710 or gen@calcasieu.lib.la.us

Did you go to the Lafourche Heritage Society’s Seminar? Well you will be sorry, when you hear what you missed!!! Dr. John Doucet gave an overview of the upcoming Lafourche Country: Volume III, what a fabulous book this will be, you had to be there to see his great presentation.  Billy (Pete) Pitre gave a very entertaining talk about our French language and our misinterpretations for some of the words and their meanings. You had to be there to enjoy this one. Tina Granger did her presentation on the History of Little Zion/St Luke Baptist Church in Chackbay, plus one of the original members of the first church came with her pictures of the church and other memorabilia.  Very interesting. We had a scrumptious lunch and dessert. After lunch, started with Preserving History and Culture as Poetry: A reading with commentary by Dr. John Doucet. The seminar ended with Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicholas speech on the Basques and Louisiana: Genealogy and History. The Basque language is very unique and may be one of the oldest language, back to Noah’s time. Their were so many wonderful and informative displays and 15 generation charts you would have to be there to see and so many books to buy, if you are on a fixed budget it was hard to choose just one or two.  BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!! They have a new president – Patricia Whitney, yes our own fabulous board member Patty Whitney. So next year change your plans and don’t miss this seminar!


Assumption Parish Marriages, 1826 – 1876, Courthouse Marriages and Missing Years. This is the fifth in a series of books recorded from the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville, Louisiana by Essie and Marcie

South Louisiana Vital Family Records – Volume 13, 1940 - 1941. Marriage records of Assumption, Lafourche, & Terrebonne Parish by Terrebonne Genealogical Society.
Regular price for both books are $30.00 each plus $3.00 postage for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book.


The Union Pacific Depot in Le Vieux Village will become Louisiana’s only Orphan Train Museum to open at Opelousas & second in the nation. The Orphan Train is the popular name for the adoption program that begun in 1854 by the NY Foundling Hospital. Between 1854 and 1929, over 150,000 children, with nuns, were put on trains to find new homes. Each child had a number pinned to its clothing for identification. More than 2,000 came to LA, primarily to St. Landry & Evangeline Parishes. Source: Kinfolks Vol. 33 No. 3.


Yes, we do have a book committee!! Patty Whitney is in charge of the book committee. If you are looking for a book at the Terrebonne Parish Library Genealogy Department and are unable to find it contact Patty by email at pattywhitney@hotmail,com with the title of the book along with the author and publisher and it would be helpful if you know where to purchase and the price of the book.


Looking for the following books: Church of Assumption Cemetery, Plattenville; St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Cemetery; St. Joseph Cemetery, Pierre Part and South Louisiana Records (Father Hebert’s Books). Contact Patricia Gravois at cajunpalg@comcast.net if you are selling yours.


If have moved send your new address to Jess Bergeron at jessndot@bellsouth.net or mail to P O Box 20295 Houma, LA 70360-0295. There will be an extra postage fee for all returned mail, NO EXCEPTIONS.

WE’RE ON THE WEB!!! http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~laterreb/tgs/ Come visit us!

Now Available!

South Louisiana Vital Family Records

Vol. 13 1940-1941

Marriage Records of Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

NEW!! Price on all volumes of South Louisiana Vital Family Records - $30.00 per volume

Order From: Terrebonne Genealogical Society
P O Box 20295
Houma Louisiana 70360-0295



City, State, Zip:____________________________________________________________

              Book No.   Title                                                                                              Quantity       Price




South Louisiana Vital Family Records, Vol. 13 1940-1941






















$3.00 for the first book, $1.00 for each additional book










Volume 5

This is the fifth volume in the series by Essie Joseph Cavalier and Marceline Landry Cavalier. Many hours of research has been put into this book, checking and verifying the civil marriages, marriage bonds, licenses, and marriage application of Assumption Parish for the period of 1826 through 1876.  Names are arranged in alphabetical order and all information in the record is included. 208 pages.

Regular price will be $30.00.

Add $3 postage for the first book and $1 per book for each additional book.
Limited number has been printed.


The other books in this series are
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1918 – 1926, Vol. I, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1906 – 1917, Vol. II, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1890 – 1905, Vol. III, $30.00
Assumption Parish Marriages, 1877 – 1889, Vol. IV, $30.00


Mail to:     Terrebonne Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 20295
Houma, LA 70360






City & State

Zip Code



Total of Books Ordered #                   +$

Less Discount                    -$

Plus Postage                                      +$

Total Enclosed                    $

Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

Copyright © 1997-2007 Tim Hebert